MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reported on Monday night that the White Sox were discussing a long-term deal with shortstop Tim Anderson. The deal was announced on Tuesday morning. Anderson agreed to a 6 year, $25 million deal. The White Sox also have club options for both the 2023 and 2024 seasons, so in reality this deal looks like it could end up being 8 years, $50 million.
We’ve seen the White Sox dish out extremely team friendly contracts to emerging stars before, such as Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, and Adam Eaton. This contract is yet another outstanding deal for Rick Hahn and the Chicago White Sox. They were able to lock up Anderson at an unbelievably low amount of money. The Sox now have their up and coming star locked up for the next 8 seasons, and they give themselves future cap space for when they are ready to compete for a spot in the postseason.
Anderson appeared in 99 games for the White Sox in 2016. He hit .283 with 9 home runs and 30 runs batted in. Along with his solid offensive season, Anderson proved to be a stellar fielder at shortstop. Before he made his debut, scouting reports showed his defensive skills to be a weakness. Anderson’s new contract set a record for the highest paid contract for a player with only a year of major league experience. Clearly, the White Sox like what they’ve seen from him so far, and it’s hard to argue with them.
This offseason, the front office made the difficult decision to commit to a full rebuild by looking to trade franchise players. Chris Sale and Adam Eaton have already been traded away in exchange for a boatload of prospects that are bound to contribute to the White Sox in the near future. It is obvious that the White Sox are not done with this process yet, as they continue to look for trade partners for Quintana, Frazier, and Robertson. They obviously made the decision to keep Anderson as a part of the core throughout the duration of the rebuild. By combining their recent draft picks and the prospects they acquire in trades for their current stars, the Sox have a good start to their rebuild. Signing Anderson long-term secures a piece of the core for a very long time.